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Intermittent dying in Kawasaki Bayou 300


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I have a late 90's Bayou 300 I use for hunting rig here in Bavaria Germany(I am stationed at the US base here). It starts and runs fine(great in fact), I can take off ride for 10,20,30 minutes, then it will just die(time is not the factor). It will restart fine, run for a second and die again, and again, then it will be fine for 10 or 20 or 30 minutes. Temperture not the issue, warm weather or cold doesnt matter. elevation not the issue, hills or flat not the issue. I removed tank, completely cleaned(yes some dirt in bottom. replace inline filter, carb seems good. It still feels like it is starving for gas when this happens, not an ignition issue. Do I need to pull tank again? pull carb and clean again?


Jack in Grafenwohr Germany

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Welcome to QUADCRAZY! Always glad to see people form overseas and especially our military!!!

Sounds like fuel starvation to me and possible an issue with your carb and float level or pin issue, where the bowl runs dry and does not fill up in time. Have you taken apart the carb?

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I agree with Ajmboy, if it is a fuel issue, something hanging the float up seems really likely. There could be a tiny piece of debris catching the float plunger and keeping it from dropping, or it may just be a bit worn and sticking in the seat. I would start by taking the carb apart and do a good cleaning on EVERYTHING make sure to clean out all the jets, fuel passages and vent holes. Also, make sure every thing is bolted up tight when you put it back together, if you are sucking air in from anywhere, it can affect the fuel uptake in the carb and cause a lean condition too which is bad. If none of that seems to help, you may be looking at a possible ignition problem.

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